When Bill de Blasio decided to run for New York City Council in 2001 after managing Hillary Clinton’s successful U.S. Senate campaign, political observers were bewildered.
After spending the previous year attending late-night strategy sessions at the White House and earning a shout-out on The West Wing, the rising star could have landed a lucrative consulting position or launched a big-money K Street firm. Instead, he opted to compete in a crowded, long-shot race for the chance to debate zoning regulations and field constituent calls.
Some thought he’d gone mad. This paper suggested that, at 39, he was in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
These watches are a bit funky, a little scary, a lot out of the ordinary. In short, they’re perfect for this macabre season. But don’t worry—these are meticulously crafted watches that can be worn all year round (unlike those plastic vampire teeth). Read More
Every few years, I like to buy a new hat. Not a baseball cap or anything so prosaic as that, though I do enjoy wearing a cap every once in a while. What I mean is something stylish, something one might consider daring—a hat to make life more interesting.
Call me a dandy, if you’d like. Baudelaire might have.
Deluxe Gifts for Me! Me! Me!
Oh you fancy, huh? Turns out doing PR for Tumblr, despite the site’s numerous recent outages, has its advantages. Katherine Barna, who works in communications for the blogging platform, got the chance to meet President Obama and the first lady at the White House, and she has the Christmas-themed snap to prove it. Wonder how many jealous reblogs this pic will spawn?
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Screw gift-giving to others. This season should be all about you! Treat yourself to something extraordinary that, naturally, you’d never consider budgeting for to give to anyone else. Don’t dwell on the stigma of selfishness–you deserve a reward! Sixty-hour work weeks with dreadful colleagues that collide headfirst into a binge of holiday family time; menacing Read More
Every editor in New York knows the refrain: “three’s a trend.” But how many trend pieces does it take to christen a new genre? We couldn’t help but notice that a “small but growing” group of stories in The New York Times’s Thursday Styles section reveal a curious editorial fascination with the intersection of fashion Read More
Fashion Week! It’s here, so time to get rid of your summertime clothes and put together something more presentable. You could get your picture taken at any time. It’s true! If you’re on the street, you’re fair game for the cameras.
Or as Anna Wintour put it in Bill Cunningham New York, “We all Read More
It’s not typical of Fashion Week to have a magazine upstage the wonders on the runways, but that may be the case this year. Dasha Zhukova’s explosive new art glossy Garage comes on the heels of her stewardship of Pop magazine, and when it drops in a few weeks you will hear chatter of it outside Lincoln Center. There might even be a launch party.
The Observer stood in the middle of a first-floor studio tucked into what may be the last ratty stretch of Avenue B, eyes closed and arms held aloft, and ducked into a leather chrysalis.
We were being fitted for a “man-corset,” an anachronistic emblem of female oppression that once gripped only courtly ladies but now in New York can outfit any gender.
Our shit was about to get tight.
Kate Betts has experienced her share of ups and downs during her years in the fashion world–and honey, we don’t mean hemlines.
After beginning her career as a hard-charging reporter in WWD‘s Paris bureau and rising to the rank of bureau chief, she was hired by Anna Wintour at Vogue, where she served as fashion Read More